For people who are active, the recovery period after any surgery can seem unbearable. If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery, you will be acing up to six weeks of restrictions to your routine.
Here are eight things you need to know about recovery, why it’s important to rest and when you can get back to the gym:
- Follow your doctor’s instructions closely. The type of surgery you have will determine the number of restrictions and amount of downtime necessary to heal properly.
- If you’re wearing a compression garment, wear it for the entire time that’s recommended for both comfort and healing.
- Even when you’ve been given the go-ahead to get back to activity, make sure you stop if something hurts. If it keeps hurting or you noticed increased swelling or infection, even after you’ve stopped activity, call your doctor’s office and report it for further instructions.
- You will want to take it easy and read a book or watch television the first week after surgery. This is to avoid raising your blood pressure, which could cause bleeding at the incision and other problems.
- It’s important to avoid irritating the incision or operative site initially after surgery. This can worsen swelling and lead to fluid collection, slowing the healing of the wound.
- Get back into activity gradually. Many patients can walk the first week after surgery, unless otherwise instructed.
- In the second week after surgery, you can start walking more or riding a stationary bike. Be sure to stretch and go slowly.
- Many patients can start light weight lifting during the third week after surgery. Gradually increase weights except at the operative site.
Patience is key when it comes to recovery from a cosmetic surgery and getting back to your regular activities, especially if you are an active person. To schedule a consultation for a cosmetic concern, call our office at (617) 965-9500 to set up a consultation.